Definition of brotherly in English:

brotherly

adjective

  • 1Characteristic of or appropriate for a brother or brothers; fraternal.

    ‘he and I had such a brotherly bond’
    • ‘Reverend C. Harker, the Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain has also co-operated in a most brotherly fashion in common effort.’
    • ‘He like Bismarck believed that Serbia had the mission to unite brotherly peoples.’
    • ‘She is still a child, and I have only a brotherly affection for her. "’
    • ‘Serbia could not be satisfied with such brotherly advice.’
    • ‘Alexander Fitzwilliam was John's younger brother, and there had always been a brotherly rivalry between the two.’
    • ‘Like any adults, we labored under the illusion that our admonishing words brought about brotherly (sisterly) love and peace on earth.’
    • ‘Seek the Kingdom of God and his justice here on earth through effective, brotherly solidarity with the neediest and the marginalized!’
    • ‘A more brotherly feeling has created closer ties.’
    • ‘He gave her a brotherly embrace in return.’
    • ‘His brotherly instincts were kicking into high gear, no doubt.’
    • ‘Violence is limited to a dog attack ending in ripped clothing but no injuries, and Abby's boys have a brotherly scuffle.’
    • ‘He'd wistfully recalled the time when he'd felt brotherly love for him.’
    • ‘Captain Lennox was always extremely kind and brotherly to Margaret.’
    • ‘Then, in good brotherly form, Nate reaches for the microphone.’
    • ‘Arsenal defender Lauren has described his spat with club captain Patrick Vieira on the team bus in Trondheim last week as no more than a brotherly disagreement.’
    • ‘We, the Zapatistas, will not shut up and we will mobilize in support of out brotherly town and companion of Oaxaca.’
    • ‘We are in a brotherly dialogue, discussing all the issues capable of being discussed, especially the issues around general elections. "’
    • ‘He worked hard at being brotherly, which sometimes strained Emilys patience.’
    • ‘There were times, in the past year especially, he did not think he was adequately performing his brotherly duties.’
    • ‘The performances are all fine especially Craig and Schreiber who make us care about their brotherly relationship, even though they choose separate paths.’
    fraternal, sibling
    friendly, affectionate, amicable, kind, kindly, devoted, loving, loyal, cordial, sympathetic, comradely
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    1. 1.1 Showing affection and concern; affectionate.
      ‘you could feel the warmth and the brotherly kindness’
      • ‘Gone are the days when virtues like faith, patience, temperance, knowledge, virtue, godliness, brotherly kindness and love, once fuelled our moral tanks.’
      • ‘Paul instructs us on how to treat one another: " Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.’
      • ‘We meet at this friend's loft and he gives me a rather brotherly peck on the cheek when we meet.’
      • ‘There was no way this time that he could consider the sight of her going into the water as something brotherly.’
      • ‘Of course I gave her a concerned brotherly look through my tears of laughter.’
      • ‘In New York, a city not known for brotherly love, neighbours are helping neighbours.’
      • ‘He had a vision of humanity bound together by "the imaginative powers which we all possess" in universal brotherly love.’
      • ‘" I wanted you to show some brotherly concern for my well being.’
      • ‘Our ownership of Jerusalem is predicated upon mutual brotherly love.’
      • ‘How can a message of brotherly love be condescending?’
      • ‘They worked the farm together for years in brotherly love.’
      • ‘"Well, Anne, you have certainly surprised us all," he said as he gave her a brotherly peck on the cheek.’
      • ‘Alex was rather surprised to discover himself feeling brotherly affection towards them.’
      • ‘Mr. Darcy, you know perfectly well where to find me whenever you desire more, " he added with brotherly ease.’
      • ‘Men often walk holding hands, a sign of brotherly affection.’
      • ‘Instead, I felt different emotions, more brotherly, for him.’
      • ‘He tried to comfort her with a brotherly embrace.’
      • ‘She cried as she rose and went towards him, he enveloped her in a big brotherly hug.’
      • ‘The warder, whose name was Li and who disliked the gruff and unsociable criminal, was mystified to see a Korean looking after a Chinese with brotherly care.’
      • ‘She was sure William only felt a brotherly affection towards her.’
      friendly, affectionate, amicable, kind, kindly, devoted, loving, loyal, cordial, sympathetic, comradely
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Pronunciation

brotherly

/ˈbrʌðəli/